The Uncompahgre Hydropower Project—A Historical Perspective

by Barry L. Butterfield, HDR, Inc, Omaha, NE, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The process required for developing a potential hydropower site is both well-known and straightforward. It begins with the conception of an idea, and is fulfilled by engineering, economic, and environmental studies. As the development process proceeds and more knowledge of the site's physical and environmental characteristics are required, the study efforts become more detailed until a fatal flaw is uncovered. If no such flaw appears, the study efforts will eventually culminate with the preparation of construction documents which are used to build and operate the facility. There are occasions when the development process is not so smooth and tranquil. Such was the case with a development proposed for the Uncompahgre Valley Reclamation Project in 1981, which is received in this paper.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Project management | Environmental issues | Power plants | Construction management | Environmental engineering | Economic factors | Federal government | Colorado | United States

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